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  1. RPCookin

    Random Photo Thread III

    Since the old one has been lost in the mists of the past, I thought maybe a new photo thread was in order. If the Admins don't want it here, I don't mind if it goes away. I took this photo 3 weeks ago, after our last snowstorm. This house finch was sitting in the tree outside our bedroom...
  2. RPCookin

    Spicy Shrimp with Peppers and Onions

    1 bag frozen shrimp, (12 oz.?), thawed and peeled with tails removed 2 bell peppers, julienned (about 3/8" wide strips) 1 large onion, sliced into rings 1 tb chopped garlic (or as much or little as you like) 1-2 tsp Barrier Reef Seasoning (My favorite Caribbean blend from Savory Spice Shop) 2 tb...
  3. RPCookin

    ISO Ground beef ideas

    This is very similar to my mom's Sloppy Joes, still one of my favorite comfort foods. I make them fairly regularly for myself, but my wife doesn't like them... too vinegary for her. Just the fragrant odors from cooking this takes me right back to my childhood in Minnesota. I've never had a...
  4. RPCookin

    Need advice on NAPPING

    I lie down on the bed to nap, and I nap until I wake up. Sometimes I don't even fall asleep. Other times I'll sleep for a few minutes and wake up, or I may sleep for 2 hours. I figure that my body will do what it needs. I rarely sleep more than 6 hours at night any more, so when I have the...
  5. RPCookin

    "Premium" Ground Beef

    I had one somewhere once, and it was exceptional, better than other high quality burgers I've had, but I can't really say if it was the meat, or just a different cooking style that made the difference. It seemed more flavorful, and I attributed that to the fat content. However, you can add fat...
  6. RPCookin

    Random Photo Thread: The Sequel

    Wild Sunflowers are in their full late summer glory here in northeastern Colorado.
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    Random Photo Thread: The Sequel

    I ran across a old photo of myself today. This was taken in about 1967. Did you ever see a person growing out of the wall of a cave? Here I am at age 20, in Ram's Horn Cave, just outside of White Sulphur Springs, Montana. A group of us were doing some amateur spelunking in Montana's 3rd...
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    Random Photo Thread: The Sequel

    My dog ignores birds. But he goes nuts over just about any other animal. They don't even have to be live. He will bark at the TV any time I'm watching any kind of wildlife show, or ever a commercial with a dog in it.
  9. RPCookin

    My first try at a no-knead dutch oven bread.

    The bread came out great. No pics, but taste and texture were perfect. Good chewy crust and soft, tasty interior. Will be doing this more.
  10. RPCookin

    My first try at a no-knead dutch oven bread.

    It really is stupidly simple to do. Anyone who is afraid of making bread should try it. I'll post after supper tonight with a flavor and texture critique.
  11. RPCookin

    My first try at a no-knead dutch oven bread.

    Been intending to do this for some time, but I have trouble planning far enough ahead for it. We don't have bread very often, so when I plan a meal that does call for it, I'm usually planning on the day I'm going to need it. That is too late for this bread, since it takes a couple of days to...
  12. RPCookin

    Random Photo Thread: The Sequel

    This is a photo that I shot 8 or 9 years ago, and never could find a development process that I really liked, that worked for the subject. It's an old cabin in the Colorado mountains. It must have been quite deluxe at one time, and still looks interesting now. Trees have grown large and very...
  13. RPCookin

    Real Maple Syrup

    I realize that there is a difference, but not enough to justify paying at least 10 times more for it - real maple syrup is a luxury that I feel is overrated. Then too, we don't have many sugar maple trees in Colorado... as far as I know the number is zero. I made maple sugar candy in...
  14. RPCookin

    Real Maple Syrup

    What I have in the house, and what I still prefer on my pancakes and waffles is Log Cabin Syrup. I just wish that it still came in the cool tin log cabin that I remember from my childhood. If a recipe calls for the real thing, then I would use it, but since I prefer the taste of Log Cabin...
  15. RPCookin

    Issue posting links to a photo from another site

    PC, Win 10 and Chrome browser.... been using the same setup since before this started happening. I've posted quite a few photos in the past, then one day a few weeks ago, the button didn't work any more. I know that most of the forums I've joined that used this interface have updated, so maybe...
  16. RPCookin

    Random Photo Thread: The Sequel

    Great photos Tat.
  17. RPCookin

    Issue posting links to a photo from another site

    It started about 2 months ago. When I click on the photo icon to post a link to an image, nothing happens, and I can no longer type anything more in the post that I was making. I've found that I work around it just by using code, and still gets it done, but clicking on the button doesn't...
  18. RPCookin

    Best way to open a soft boiled egg?

    This is how my grandmother taught me to do it. Use a table knife to tap and crack a line around the shell about 1/2" from the pointy end, or a bit less (so that the when removed it will leave an opening big enough for a teaspoon to dig out the egg. Then cut off the end and use your spoon to...
  19. RPCookin

    How many restaurant seats are in your town?

    Town is population 400. One restaurant, Bully's Pub & Grub - my educated estimate is 70 seats. They are open just 4 days a week for lunch and dinner, and most days do a very good business, often a lot of take-out at both meals. We see cars and motorcycles from 4 states regularly parked there.
  20. RPCookin

    Random Photo Thread: The Sequel

    I spent 2 days in Rocky Mountain National Park this week. Some shots from there:
  21. RPCookin

    Random Photo Thread: The Sequel

    I parked my truck in the ditch and strolled up and down along the road and combination barbed wire and electric fence for nearly an hour without ever seeing another vehicle. This spot is just a couple of miles from town, but you'd have thought I was the only person left on Earth. I grabbed...
  22. RPCookin

    Random Photo Thread: The Sequel

    Sunset last night.
  23. RPCookin

    Sights on the way to the grocery store:

    Here's another sight seen now and then:
  24. RPCookin

    Sights on the way to the grocery store:

    One day this past spring I saw a flock of 7 wild turkeys just before I crossed the South Platte River as I was going into Sterling. Didn't have time to grab my phone for a shot, but I've seen turkeys four times in the last 3 months at various points near the river. That occasion was the only...
  25. RPCookin

    My KA burned out. That was expensive bread!

    The spiral dough hook is great. The dough will sometimes get to the top, but then it "unscrews" itself. It can be sort of hypnotizing to watch it.
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